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Election watchdog calls for electing President, PM without divisions



The People’s Action for Free & Fair Elections (PAFFREL) says the President and Prime Minister of the Interim Government should be elected in unison with all the political parties in Parliament avoiding any kind of voting for any reason.Issuing a statement, PAFFREL stressed that parties should not take any decision to create divisions and go for a vote during the process to elect a new President and a Prime Minister.

“It is clear from their behavior that there are public representatives who have not yet understood the economic, political and social instability in which Sri Lanka is at the moment and the inevitable responsibility you have as political party leaders and parliamentarians to change that situation,” the election monitor noted.

“If we all do not work together at this moment, no one will be able to prevent you, the politicians, and us, the citizens, from being drawn towards all destruction.

Whoever gets the government in the future will have to make unpopular decisions and although we citizens are not directly responsible for this disaster, the citizens will also have to make great sacrifices. Therefore, we request all of you party leaders and members of parliament to pay attention to the following points while choosing the president and the prime minister.

1. The President and Prime Minister of the Interim Government should be chosen in unison with all the political parties. Avoid going to polls for any reason.

2. Avoid considering only the numerical majority of the respective political parties in the parliament while choosing.

3. Avoid doing activities and expressing opinions that cause any division or agreement between political parties.

4. Set aside personal agendas, political agendas or narrow parties and power agendas and work for the country and the people as the priority.

5. Avoid making decisions at this difficult moment targeting the upcoming elections.

6. When choosing the next cabinet, make sure to include at least one person from all the parties represented in the parliament.

7. Also, in choosing the cabinet, make sure to select those who can make a positive contribution to solving the economic, social and political crises and managing international situations and not displeased by the people

8. If the president or prime minister of an all-party government invites you to a cabinet minister position, avoid refusing it.

We believe that all political parties should pay attention to the above matters. Also, when choosing the cabinet, political parties should focus on selecting a creative team that is ready to take risks, has practice in crisis management and free from conventionality. If not, it will be inevitable that the existing crisis will intensify and lead to a bigger crisis from which the country will not be able to recover.

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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dies aged 100




Henry Kissinger at the State Department's 230th anniversary celebrations in 2019

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has died at the age 100.

He served as America’s top diplomat and national security adviser during the Nixon and Ford administrations.

In a statement, Kissinger Associates, a political consulting firm he founded, said the German-born former diplomat died at his home in Connecticut but did not give a cause of death.

During his decades long career, Mr Kissinger played a key, and sometimes controversial, role in US foreign and security policy.

Born in Germany in 1973, Kissinger first came to the US in 1938 when his family fled Nazi Germany. He became a US citizen in 1943 and went on to serve three years in the US Army and later in the Counter Intelligence Corps. After earning bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees, he taught international relations at Harvard.

In 1969, then-President Richard Nixon appointed him National Security Adviser, a position which gave him enormous influence over US foreign policy in two administrations.


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Rupees 1,500 million allocated for ‘Greater Kandy Urban Development Program’ – State Minister for Provincial Councils and Local Government




State Minister for Provincial Council and Local Government  Janaka Wakkambura participating in a Press Briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) on Wednesday (29) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’,  announced that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has allocated Rs. 1,500 million for the “Greater Kandy Urban Development Program” in this year’s budget and that part of the allocation would to be utilized to develop the approach roads to Kandy City.

He also announced that the President had allocated  Rs. 1,000 million to develop tourism by enhancing facilities through the involvement of local government bodies.

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DMT unable to print nearly one million driving licences for want of blank cards



Racketeers thrive on illegal printing of DLs

By Shiran Ranasinghe

The Department of Motor Traffic was unable to print about 900,000 driving licences due for want of blank plastic cards, Commissioner General of the Department of Motor Traffic Nishantha Weerasinghe told The Island.

He said his Department was doing its best to solve the problem, which could be sorted out in six months or so.

A senior official on condition of anonymity said the Department now printed about 200 driving licences for those who were going abroad or engaged in essential services.

However, some racketeers were printing about 700 licences illegally, he said.

Rs 5,000 each was charged for issuing illegally printed licences, the official said.

Commenting on the allegations, the Commissioner General of the Department of Motor Traffic said he will investigate the matter if he receives a complaint officially.

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